Stop the Government assault on privacy

UK privacy is at a crossroads – one road leads toward an effective EU-style, rights-based framework – the other follows a commercial agenda and ends with a gutting of the GDPR.

This Government has indicated which road they are taking by unveiling a full spectrum assault on our hard won privacy rights.

A toothless regulator

Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 10 Downing Street
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Independence is an essential ingredient for effective regulation. Yet this Government is actively seeking to influence the the UK’s privacy regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), by installing a corporate shill to tow the official line.

The mask comes off

Prime minister Boris Johnson holds a meeting with Sir Iain Duncan Smith, Theresa Villiers and George Freeman to discuss the launch of the Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform (TIGERR) at his office in the House of Commons.
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A June 2021 report revealed the Government’s clear intention to “replace GDPR with a new UK framework for data protection”. Hailed as “independent,” the nakedly partisan report blames the GDPR for “onerous compliance requirements” when a properly enforced GDPR would actually reduce compliance complications and eliminate deceptive pop-ups.

Expanded Police data powers

UK Police speaking to a woman on the street
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Proposals to dramatically expand Police data powers with little accountability are being advanced via the Police and Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill as well as the National Fraud Initiative NFI). Neither includes privacy protections.

The global privacy race to the bottom

UK privacy is getting trampled in the Government’s rush to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Other CPTPP member countries could use the agreement to force the UK into accepting low privacy standards when your data is moved abroad. That would mean that when your personal data flows to those countries, it would be defenseless.

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The Story So Far

Fear and loathing in the UK adequacy decision

On June 28, the European Commission adopted the UK adequacy decision, which will allow personal data to be transferred from the EU to the UK without additional safeguards.
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Stand Up for Privacy

Yesterday, on June 16, the Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform published a report outlining their vision to “refresh the UK’s approach to regulation now that we have left the EU”.
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Don’t let the Government create a digital Police state

You might be aware of plans to give Police more powers through the Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Bill 2021.
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The Government assault on your privacy rights

It has been a busy few months for developments on privacy, even placing the COVID response aside.
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Wanted: corporate lobbyist to take over the ICO

Communicating “the wider benefits of data sharing”, “commercial and business acumen”, experience “of using data to drive innovation and growth”; and, of course, “excellent communication and relationship management skills”.
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